2014 GSAPP Critic: Mario Gooden Collaborator: Bingyu Guan
The project is to design a housing project at a vacant site in Bronx along the Harlem River. It is very challenging site in terms of its accessibility because it is adjacent to a highway at one side, two bridges at two side and the Harlem River at one side. It is a site like a isolated urban island. The strategy we use is to start with a careful study of the site context such as solar analysis, view accessibility analysis and noise analysis. The volume of the building is determined by theses studies. And to re-connect the “island site” with its surroundings, an undulating ground plane is applied to maximum the accessibility and three open public spaces are inserted into the housing volume: one horizontal, one vertical and one diagonal. By using these openings cut away from the building, the project has more diversity of public spaces to be shared by the residents and the building becomes more porous to allow the view to the river and the city.